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Odemwingie's home delight

Peter Odemwingie insists Saturday's win against Manchester United was the perfect way to mark his first home game for Stoke City.

The Nigeria international left Cardiff to join Stoke on an 18-month contract during the last week of the January transfer window in a deal that saw Kenwyne Jones move in the opposite direction.

The 32-year-old made his debut against Sunderland in midweek and marked his first home appearance by helping Stoke to a first Premier League win over United following a 2-1 success at the Britannia Stadium.

"It felt great, I've played here a couple of times before but today's support was fantastic," Odemwingie said. "I felt welcome from the first day I came here and to start with a victory here on my home debut feels really good.

"The manager's speech (before the game) was very inspiring. If we keep going like this we are going to achieve everything we want this season.

"It is the first time I have heard of Stoke City beating Manchester United so it makes this victory even more special and we just need to build on this.

"We know that in the table everyone is so close to each other. Every point can take you up or send you down so what makes this victory very special is that maybe people didn't expect us to win today."

Mark Hughes deployed Odemwingie in an unfamiliar wide role but the forward said his team-mates had made the transition easier for him.

"I'm happy to play anywhere up front in the line," he said. "There were a lot of overloads from the left side today and I had to do a little bit more of a defensive job which is possibly not something that I am best at.

"But I had to do it for the team and I am grateful to my team-mates for encouraging me to do that. They were always there for me and I hope things will continue in the same way as today."